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Portugal’s Paulo Bento accuses referee of bias after rout by Germany

Portugal’s coach, Paulo Bento, could be in trouble after appearing to question the integrity of the Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic, following Monday’s heavy defeat by Germany.
Bento’s team went from rated to ragged inside 45 minutes of their opening World Cupgame, presenting Germany with an easy 4-0 victory and losing three players in the process. Hugo Almeida and Fábio Coentrão were brought off with muscle strains and Pepe will definitely miss the next match, against the USA on Sunday, after picking up the dumbest of red cards eight minutes before the interval. Coentrão is out for at least 10 days and Bento is not confident of having Almeida back in time to face the USA.
“There were two occasions when the referee showed bias, first with the penalty and then with the sending off,” the Portugalcoach said. “I am not saying it was only the referee’s fault. We also made mistakes but the circumstances of what happened in the first half made the rest of the game difficult for us.”
In reality Portugal made life difficult for themselves. Most referees at the tournament would have awarded the penalty against Coentrão that allowed Thomas Müller to score the first of his three goals, from the spot. It could be argued that the defender did not literally pull Mario Götze over but he was clearly using his arms to impede the German’s progress.
The sending-off decision was even more clear cut. Pepe took it upon himself to admonish Müller for play-acting by sticking his head into his opponent’s face. The referee saw it as a headbutt, Müller was sitting on the turf, not doing anything to provoke such a response, and a player with Pepe’s experience, albeit one with a reputation for volatility, badly let down his team-mates in a game of such significance. Not that Bento was willing to point the finger at his defender.
“The sending-off was forced on the player,” he said, somewhat opaquely. “I don’t know if it was because of Pepe’s reputation. It depends what sort of a reputation you think Pepe has.” As of now, it is an even greater one for unreliability than he had before.
In addition the player Portugal were pinning hopes on, Cristiano Ronaldo, had one of his quieter games. It would be harsh to say he failed to turn up – he tried his best and was lively in the opening stages – but his recent injury seems to have taken a lot of the fizz out of his performance.
“Even before Portugal went down to 10 men we were dominating the game,” Joachim Löw said. “We knew their main attacking threats would be Ronaldo and Nani and we controlled them quite comfortably. We sealed them off. We said before the start that our only option was to try and win this game – any other result would have been unacceptable – and we made an excellent opening to the World Cup.
“It was very hot on the pitch and the players noticed that the temperature was taking a toll on fitness but fortunately we were able to establish a winning lead quite early in the game. Any coach has to be satisfied with 3-0 at half-time, whatever the conditions.”
Germany did not come through completely unscathed. Mats Hummels had to leave the pitch with a thigh strain, though thanks to Müller’s hat-trick, the first of the tournament, they were never in trouble. “It was an uphill struggle for Portugal in the second half,” the Bayern Munich striker said. “It was a great start for us, we played an excellent game, but this was just the opener. We have two more group games to play and the focus remains on reaching the knockout stages.”

Arsenal are serious contenders for signature for Balotelli. By:IMAOLANEWS

London calling: Balotelli is understood to want to return to England – and Arsenal are interested
Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in Mario Balotelli.
Mirror Sport revealed two weeks agothat Arsenal have been offered Italy’s bad boy striker.
The Gunners’boss Wenger is now ready to pay around £25million for the AC Milan striker, who scored Italy’s winner to beat Englandin their World Cup opener on Saturday night.
AC Milan are ready to offload Balotelli to ease their financial problems by getting him off the wage bill and to rake in a big transfer fee.
Monaco are also interested in the 23-year-old, but Wenger is a long term admirer of the ex-Manchester City striker.
The Frenchman has been interested in signing him in the past so his reputation for creating controversy will not necessarily put him off.
Wenger is at the World Cup as a pundit for French TV and Balotelli’s representatives have also come to Brazil.
Balotelli is understood to want to come back to the Premier League, and Arsenal have made boosting their strike-force with a top-class signing one of their priorities for this summer.
The Italian fits the bill, if they can get him, although Arsenal also maintain an interest in QPR’s French forward Loic Remy – who has a £10m buy-out clause.



The Power to Name/Label
I pause from my normal format this morning because I am led to share about something I saw on a documentary some time back. I was flipping through the channels and I came across a documentary on gang violence in a certain country. I only watched for a few minutes but I kept thinking about some of the things I heard. The documentary was filmed many years ago when the violence between the Crips and the Bloods (two popular gangs in that area) was still very high.
The director focused in on one individual who was formerly a high ranking member of the Crips. This man was clearly in his 30s and he was adamant about stopping the perpetual cycle of violence. What is interesting and what I focused in on was some of the ways that he suggested we could stop the cycle. He said, “If we don’t do anything else, we must stop labelling our kids after us. Don’t call them ‘Little Bone’ or ‘Little Ice’ or ‘Little Killer.’  If we name them after us then we label them and we put them in a box. It is as if we are forcing them to grow up and do what we did. No! This must stop. Call them by their given first and last names. That is the first step in stopping the cycle.”  I thought this was very insightful because the power to name or the power to label is the power to define. This is part of the message that comes out of our mouths towards our children. When God wanted to change Abram’s life the first thing He did was to get him away from his family and his old environment. God knew that the pressure to back to his old self would be too strong if he stayed in his old environment. After God got Abram in a new environment and established a relationship with him, God changed his name from Abram to Abraham. The name Abraham means, “Father of many nations” and that is what God desired for Abram to become, so He named him that. Isaac had a son named Jacob. The name Jacob means, “Conniver.” And guess what? Jacob lived up to his name. He was a conniving and mischievous character. God wanted to use him to give birth to the 12 tribes that would lay the foundation for his people so God changed his name from Jacob to Israel, which means, “the prince that prevails with God.” Guess what? He became what God named him. And there are other biblical examples of name changes and the significance of names.
The ex-gang banger in the documentary also said that the way that they dealt with killing people was to not look at them as people. If a Crip wanted to kill a Blood they would say, “I am going to get me a Slug.” If a Blood wanted to kill a Crip they would say, “I am going to get me a Crab.” This way they looked at each other as objects and not as people. The ex-gang banger said, “I could not look at them as a human, because I would then know that it would be murder.” Do you realize how insightful that is? He was basically saying that we approach things/people by the way that we perceive them. Our perception of things/people is greatly impacted by the way that we call (or name) them. I know this is not one of my normal messages, but I really felt led to share about this because I believe it shows the connection between our words and our actions. Especially in the area of labelling or naming people/things. 
So what does this mean to you today? It means that we must be careful what we call our children and spouses. This can be a positive or a negative thing. Let’s use our words and the power to name/label for the good of our children and all those we come in contact with. There is a message in your mouth. Use it to build up and not tear down!
Confession for this day: Lord God, I use my words for Your glory. I realize the power my words have in my life and in the lives of my family members. I will not call them something I do not want them to become. I will speak life and not death and I expect to eventually see what I say. I build up my family with the message that’s in mouth.
In Jesus’ name.


Speaking the Solution – By Faith
After Saul gave David the green light to face Goliath he attempted to dress David in his own tunic, coat of armour, and bronze helmet. David put on all the gear and could barely move. He told Saul, “I cannot go in these, because I am not used to them.” He took them all off. He decided to go with what he knew. Even at a young age David knew that you must enter into battle with weapons that you are comfortable with. If you have no confidence in your weapons, then you will not have confidence in the fight. Let me pause here long enough to say that many believers don’t have any confidence against satan because they are not comfortable with their weapons (the Word of God and the Holy Spirit). If you are not comfortable with your understanding of the Word of God and your relationship with the Holy Spirit then you will never be confident when attacks come your way. The good news is that you can change it by spending more time in the Word and with the Holy Spirit in prayer and study.
Getting back to the story, David walked over to a nearby stream and picked up five smooth stones. He took the stones, his shepherd’s staff, and a sling and he was ready for the battle. He had weapons he was comfortable with and a God he had confidence in. Goliath was angry when he saw David and realized that he was just a boy. He said, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” Goliath went on to attempt to curse David by his gods, but he did not know that David was anointed by the only one true God. No curse, hex, vex, or spell can work against the Holy Spirit. Goliath said, “Come here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” This is where David started talking. Pay close attention to what he said and how confident he said it. David declared, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands”(1 Samuel 17:45-47). 
I will stop there for today and highlight a few things David said, BEFORE he did anything:
1.  David stated his purpose: He was there because Goliath had defied the God of Israel.
2.  David stated the Lord’s part: He said that the Lord would have Goliath over to him.
3.  David stated his part: He said that he would strike him down and then cut off his head. God has a part and we have a part. Faith requires action. What David said is interesting, because David did not have a sword. We will see tomorrow how he did it.
4.  David stated his expected end: David wanted the whole world to know that there is a God in Israel and that the battles that God’s people face are the Lord’s battles.
So what does this mean to you today? It means that we serve a God that declares what is going to happen before it happens and we have many examples in scripture of God’s people doing the same. Do you go around speaking the problem or do you have the faith to declare the solution, before it happens? When you go around speaking like David did, you cross what I call the “faith-line.” You know you have to rely on God to bring it to pass. Speaking the problem is not going to change anything. Speak the solution – by faith!
Confession for this day: Lord God, the eyes of my understanding are being enlightened concerning the words of my mouth. I see how important it is to speak life and not death.  I see in Your Word that You spoke the solution and not the problem; and I see that Your people did the same. I will follow that pattern, I will cross the faith-line, and I will speak what I desire to happen, not just what I see. My confidence is in You. The battle is Yours. I do my part and I know You will do Yours.  I am not shaken when I face my giants. 

In Jesus’ name.